Emerson College is the only four-year college devoted exclusively to the study of communication and performing arts in the United States. It occupies prime real estate on Boston Common. The college is space constrained; our analysis showed investment needs in instructional and social space. The master plan explored scenarios for balancing these investment priorities with urgent renewal needs, particularly with respect to the campus’ Little Building which today houses a significant residential and dining population. The key to the proposed solution was a consolidated real estate strategy that would best enable the college to take advantage of the synergies between its programs, a mixed-use strategy that would ally with private sector retail to create a vibrant student-centered ground floor experience with learning and living taking place above, and a significant re-imagining of the streetscape that is the college’s front door and connection to the Common.
DumontJanks team members led the development of the above project while employed by Sasaki Associates, Inc. DumontJanks is not associated with Sasaki.